So now we have setup our system wide configuration, configured our carriers, and created our boxes. We are now ready to set up our products, the final step before testing.
Think about your products and how you want to pack them. If you don’t do this then this step will be hard to do. You have a few choices around how you configure your products:
- Set product to ship separately in its own box, 1 for each item
- Set product to ship in multiple boxes
- Set product to ship in it’s own unique box
- Set product to ship in a single box, dependent on other items in the cart
You also need to consider the packing algorithm you are using. This will affect how the products are both configured and packed.
Some of the options around configuration are agnostic to the packing algorithm. These are the ship separate capability, and the ship in multiple boxes.
For Options 3&4 above see the algorithm specific product configuration article:
- Exact Packing Product Configuration
- Best-Fit Product Configuration
- Largest Box Product Configuration
1. Ship SKU Separately
Under the Product listing Shipping tab you will see the option to ship a product separately. When set this product will ship in it’s own package.
A good example is a TV, you wouldn’t really ship this with another item inside the box, so it works well. You can combine the Ship Separately option with any of the other configurations to add in dimensions, packing weights, or shipping in multiple boxes. This option is not supported with fixed bundle items.
2. Ship SKU in multiple boxes
You have 2 mechanisms for splitting a product into multiple boxes:
a) Implicit – Specify the item can be split and it will be done automatically – A good example is say a flat pack of furniture. This may come in many pieces and you know it can be broken down, but you don’t really care how
b) Explicit – Specify the exact boxes that are used for the SKU, with weights, dimensions, etc
To split automatically just set the switch ‘Product can be split into multiple boxes’ on the Shipping tab to YES.
This method is mostly used by our customers when creating bundled products. They might be shipping say a weightlifting bench and know the individual packages that make it up; one box for the bench, one for the weights, etc.
To set this up click on the Multiple Shipping Boxes tab in the Product listing. You will see a layout as above. You can set here the dimensions, weight & declared value of each box.
You can specify the quantity that will be passed to the carrier for each box. So for instance you could say a case of wine has a quantity of 12.
Finally, if desired you can indicate the multiples of the box, in the number of boxes field. So in the example above it says for each of these items in the cart create 4 packages of dimensions 9x9x9 with a weight of 10lb each, a declared value of $30 and set the quantity to 1 and an additional box of 30x20x15 with a weight of 15 and declared value of $90.